Why is your macula so important?
Your macula is the name given to the central part of your retina, which is the part of the eye responsible to receiving light images and transferring them to the brain. Your macula is responsible for the fine central vision you use to read, see things far off in the distance, see colour or any other activity you like to do that involves fine detailed vision. The remaining retina is responsible for your peripheral or “side” vision.
What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases that cause progressive loss of your central vision. In its earliest stages it is associated with the build-up of waste products at the back of the eye. In later stages this build up can progress to cause a drop out or missing patches in some of the layers at the back of your eye or lead to growth of new blood vessels which are weak and often cause bleeding at the macula. To find out more why not ask Aaron or Lauren at your next consultation.
Given that 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50 has macular degeneration with an increasing risk as you age, it is important to have regular eye tests. Macula degeneration is a progressive and painless eye condition which you may not notice you have until it has advanced, book your eye test now to have your macula checked.
At Aaron Henry Optometry we assess the health of your macula at every visit, including three-dimensional scan of your macular.